Oct 21, 2012

Exemption of Transport Allowance from the purview of Income Tax -Enhancement of exemption limit from Rs.800 to Rs.3200 plus D.A. thereon.

No. F(X) I-2012/23/9
New Delhi, Dated: 10.10.2012.
Sub:- Exemption of Transport Allowance from the purview of Income Tax -Enhancement of exemption limit from Rs.800 to Rs.3200 plus D.A. thereon.
The undersigned is directed to draw the attention of the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) Central Board of Direct Taxes towards para 5.2(10) (i) at page 14 of their Circular No. 05/2011 dated 16.08.2011 wherein it has been specified that the transport allowance granted to an employee to meet his expenditure for the purpose of commuting between the place of his residence and the place of duty is exempt to the extent of Rs. 800/- per month.

Representations are being received in the Ministry of Railways from various federations of Railways. The Federations have represented that Transport Allowance was introduced with the concept of providing financial support to the Central Government Employees who incur considerable amounts for their day-to-day travel from their residence to the work place. This had materialized based on the recommendations of the V CPC which introduced Transport Allowance in 3 slabs at the rate of Rs. 100. Rs. 400 and Rs. 800, based on the classification of the cities/towns under Urban Agglomeration Act. Further, a prerequisite was introduced to allow this facility for those who stay beyond 1 km radius from the place of work.
A decision was taken to equate such allowance on par with normal Travelling/Daily Allowance and these amounts have also been exempted from computation of annual income and exempted from the purview of Income Tax vide Income Tax(Eighth Amendment) Rules, 1995 notified vide F.No. 142/9/95-TPL dt. 7-7-1995.
The VI CPC, while reviewing the system of grant of Transport Allowance has recommended to enhance the same from Rs. 100 to Rs. 800, Rs. 400 to Rs. 1600 and Rs. 800 to Rs. 3200, for Pay Bands 1 to 4 respectively. The City Compensatory Allowance was Withdrawn. It was also recommended to provide the coverage of D.A. to Transport Allowance as per increase in the Consumer Price Index.
Ministry of Finance are therefore requested to include the request of the Railways for taking due action for enhancing exemption of Transport Allowance from the purview of Income Tax from Rs. 800/- to Rs. 3200/- plus DA Thereon.
(M.Anand Krishna)
Deputy Director, Finance (Exp.)
Railway Board
Source - NFIR

Grant of Privilege Passes/PTOs to dependent relatives — raising the income ceiling limit.

No. E(W) 97/PS 5-1/71
New Delhi, dated 15-10-2012.
The General Managers (P)
All Indian Railways &
Production Units.
Sub:- Grant of Privilege Passes/PTOs to dependent relatives — raising the income ceiling limit.
Pursuant to 6th Pay Commission recommendations, Board vide letter No. E(W)97/PS 5-1/71 dated 31-8-2009 have issued instructions raising the income ceiling for grant of Privilege Passes/PTOs to dependent relatives of railway servants indicating that a dependent relative in reletion to a railway servant as defined in Para-2(C) of the Railway Servants (Pass) Rules, 1986 (Second Edition, 1993) shall be considered eligible for entitlement of Passes/PTOs if his/her income does not exceed minimum Pension/family pension i.e.` 3500/- and Dearness Relief thereon or 15% of the basic pay of the Railway servant, whichever is more.

NFIR has now brought out that aforesaid instructions are not being followed scrupulously in some of the Zonal Railway.
It is therefore reiterated that the instructions cited under reference shall be implemented in letter and spirit to avoid hardship to railway employees having dependent relatives, eligible for inclusion in the pass facility as per the said criteria.
(Debasis Mazumdar)
Director Estt. (Welfare)
Railway Board
Source - http://www.airfindia.com/Orders%202012/Grant-of-Privilege-Passes-to-Relatives_15.10.2012.pdf

Pending rail projects to be completed: Muniyappa

 Denying neglect of Bihar after departure of Lalu Prasad from Railway ministry, Minister of State for Railway K H Muniyappa today said the pending projects in the state would be completed on time at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan period.

"A sum of Rs 40,000 crore has been earmarked for Railway construction works in Bihar in the 12th Five Year Plan," he told reporters here.

Muniyappa rubbished that Bihar is being neglected after departure of Lalu Prasad from the ministry. Prasad was Union Railway minister in the UPA-I government

 "This is not true," Muniyappa said.

 He said the Rail wheel factory in Prasad's Parliamentary constituency of Chapra, which is his pet project, is ready for inauguration.

In addition, Rail projects in Sonepur, Harnaut, Samastipur and Patliputra station in Patna are also ready to start functioning, he said.

He said work on railway bridges in Patna, Digha and Munger would be completed through allocation of appropriate fund. Bihar state government would be bearing 46 per cent cost of these bridges while the share of the Centre is 54 per cent. Work would start after allocation of money in 2013, he said.

On the question of giving railway land to Bihar government in between Patna and Digha, he said a solution to this would be found soon.

The Rail MOS said A, B and C grade stations would be modernised.

Earlier, the minister reviewed functioning of East Central Railway zone by holding meeting of officials

Source - business-standard.

Rly multi-functional complexes ready at Mysore, Hubli

Hubli, Oct. 21:

Multi-Functional Complexes (MFC) at Hubli and Mysore railway stations in Karnataka are ready.

MFCs provide better passenger facilities, including a food court, cyber cafe, telephone booths and chemists’ shops under one roof in selected stations to cater to tourist, business and religious interests.

Addressing the 13th Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) meet here, Ashok Kumar Mital, general manager, South Western Railway (SWR), said, “MFCs at Hubli and Mysore railway stations are ready and are likely to be operational soon.”

MFC at Hubli is on 1,500 square metres of land and in Mysore it is on 700 square metres. Construction of MFC at Hubli and Mysore was entrusted to Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA)/Indian Railway Construction Organisation (IRCON).

In addition, eight railway stations – Bellary, Davangere, Shimoga Town, Tumkur, Yesvantpur, Bangarpet, Arsikere, and Birur – have been selected for construction of MFCs in the State, said Mital.

“Land for construction of MFCs has been identified in Bellary, Tumkur, Yesvantpur. The plan has been approved by the Railway Board. RLDA is yet to commence the work,” he added.

For Bangarpet and Arsikere MFCs, proposals have been sent to the Board. Regarding Shimoga Town and Davangere, RLDA has identified land and it is currently involved in dismantling the exiting structures. For Birur MFC, identification of land is in process.

Mital further said the work of Adarsh stations at Chamrajanagar, Londa, Hubli, Vasco and Nanjangud Town has been completed. For Adarsh stations works at Bagalkot, Gokak Road, Devanhalli Hindupur, Doddaballapur, Gauribidanur are various stages in progress.

SWR has sent the proposals for Haveri, Almatti, Badami, Kabakaputtur and Hosur for inclusion in Adarsh Stations list to the Railway Board in 2012-13 Budget.

Out of 31 members of ZRUCC constituted committee, 25 members representing various places in the jurisdiction of SWR were present at the meeting.

SOURCE - http://www.the hindu business line

Railway Recruitment Boards requires about 826 Staff Nurse, Pharmacist III, Health and Malaria Inspector etc. Last Date : 12.11.2012

Railway Recruitment Boards requires about 826 Staff Nurse, Pharmacist III, Health and Malaria Inspector etc. Last Date : 12.11.2012

FOR More Detail - http://www.rrbbpl.nic.in/FINAL%20CEN%2005.pdf

Western Railway requires 2249 Gangman / Trackman , Helper/Stores, Platform Porter etc.

                    WESTERN RAILWAY


WEBSITE : www.rrc‐wr.com

Last date for application download from our website only: 10.11.12 till 2359 hrs
Last date for submission of application in RRC Office: 24.11.12 : 1700 hrs


Western Railway invites applications from eligible bonafide citizens of India and from such other persons declared eligible by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in prescribed  format only to be downloaded from our website mentioned above) for filling up of 2249 Posts (UR: 1136, OBC: 608, SC: 341, ST: 164) in Pay Band - I of Rs.5200‐20200 with Grade Pay of Rs 1800  from OPEN MARKET for its Division(s) and Workshop(s). Vacancies notified are indicative and subject to upward/downward revision. Posts to be filled up also include reservation for Persons with Disabilities. The downloaded application from our website with its unique registration number and accompanying barcode may be sent by ordinary post to Assistant Personnel Officer (Recruitment), Railway Recruitment Cell, Western Railway, Parcel Depot, Alibhai Premji Road, Grant Road, Mumbai ‐ 400 007 or dropped in the Application Box kept in the RRC office, upto 17.00 hrs. of the
closing date of 24.11.2012 till 1700 hrs
(Additional 15 days time ie till 07.12.12: 1700 hrs is for candidates from Andaman and Nicobar Islnds, Lakshwadeep Islands, North Eastern States, Jammu and Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti district and Panji sub division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh.). Applications received after closing
date and time shall not be entertained. The envelope containing the application should be clearly superscribed "
Application for posts in Pay Band‐I of Rs.5200‐20200 with Grade Pay of 1800 – Western Railway
". A candidate should submit not more than one application form, even if he/she intends to be considered for more than one or all categories.

Candidate submitting more than one application form will not be considered and even if such a candidate gets selected inadvertently, he/she will not be offered appointment.

Candidates are advised to individually download their application from the website mentioned above only and not any other website.
This employment notice does not include vacancies for Ex Serviceman for which separate notification will be issued in due course.






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